Friday, 19 October 2018

Tracy's Story

Shiny happy people
I was honoured when asked to write a few words about my experience of Walk2Run. Thank you Jacky :)

Background

My partner is disabled, and I care for her daily. I do this with love and compassion. It requires me to have a reasonable level of physical fitness and emotional strength. The build-up of stress and limited time for myself had taken its toll, not only physically, it was also affecting my mental health. What I hadn't realised was that my state of mind was affecting my partner too. She had previously attempted suicide and I really was not prepared to let the way I was feeling affect her any longer.

I hadn't got any idea what to expect that first session. I was extremely anxious as I experience social anxiety and struggle in group activities BUT the thing that drew me in was Jacky’s promise to Teach me how to run.

Jacky’s coaching was just brilliant. She had an amazing ability to involve everyone even though we were all at different levels of fitness and dealing with different challenges in our lives. Encouragement and support came so naturally to her. No one was left out. The people I met that day were wonderful, so supportive, positive and welcoming. After 1 hour I came away exhilarated and positive about my onward journey.

Present

Walk2Run is having a huge impact on my life. I've lost 2 stone. I am fitter than I have ever been. I have gained confidence. My social anxiety has improved considerably and having time out for ME keeps my mind strong and able to face challenges in a more positive way. My partner and I have both attended the safeTALK suicide awareness course that jacky runs and not only do I feel more able to help my partner, but I also have the skills and resources to guide others in the direction of help. In addition to this my partner is more involved in the community and is enjoying life just that little bit more.

Joining Walk2Run honestly is one of the best decisions I have ever made and I can’t thank Jacky enough. :)

Come and run with us, it might just change your life...

Friday, 5 October 2018

Bright eyes 5k

Tuesday evening group

We don’t often do this at Walk2Run, but every now and then it’s good to know where you are so you can see how far you’ve come.

So this morning’s Walk2Runners completed a challenge, a 5k road run. For some, this was a first attempt, a time to have a go and see if they could go the distance either by walking it, running it, or a mixture of both. For others it was a chance to beat a previous time. The group was mixed, men and women aged between their 20’s and 70’s, all supporting each other and cheering each other on.
They aced it of course, and I loved watching each one of them finish with a final sprint. There’s no limping across the line at Walk2Run! You will learn that no matter how tired you are, you can always finish strong, there is always more in you. A life lesson there.

I know how I felt watching them finish, but how about the Walk2Runners themselves?

“I’m so proud of myself, I can’t believe I’ve done it! Awesome, absolutely amazing” – first time running 5k

“If I hadn’t recovered down the hill I would have got an even better time…” (it's good to have something to come back for, next time work hard down the hill, and recover AFTER the 5k 😉 ) – this Walk2Runner used to walk much of the time, but now runs the whole distance, and quickly

“I had coach’s word in my head, ‘run tall’, ‘lift your legs high from your hip’, ‘use your arms’” – knocked 5 whole minutes off her time. 17 seconds faster to reach your new goal.

And my own personal favourite…
“I feel like my eyes are brighter, like everything is clearer” – a gentle young man with a mental health condition who’s learning to run (and is proper quick!)

Many of us, though by no means all, at Walk2Run have mental health conditions. I think that’s why this last one, and who it came from, really touched me. Running is good for your body but also for clearing your head and feeling brighter.

If ever there was a reason to get up and learn to Walk2Run, this is it.

Come and run with us, it might just change your life.